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Merchant of Venice (Drunk)
September 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
One event on August 29, 2019 at 5:00 pm
One event on August 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm
One event on August 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm
One event on September 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Watch as the seedy underbelly of Venice’s most rich and powerful is exposed for the world to see. Antonio, a successful Merchant in Venice, and his posse of friends walk around like they own the place, but do they?
Meanwhile, Shylock the Jew, a successful money lender, has endured the abuse of Antonio for years. That all changes when Antonio suddenly needs his help and the opportunity for revenge presents itself. Shylock is out to get even, but at what cost?
“All that glisters is not gold. Often you have heard that told. Many a man his life hath sold.” – Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice
Trigger Warning: Antisemitism.
Merchant of Venice is often described as a “problem” play. A problem play is a historical piece that does not translate well to a modern audience. In this case, there are several acts of prejudice against Shylock, the Jewish character. Mad Rogues take these messages of hate very seriously. In preparation for this show, we spoke with several resources here in Milwaukee to talk about antisemitism and what plays like Merchant of Venice mean to the Jewish communities of today. From day one we have strived to respect the Jewish culture – from the rehearsal room to the stage. We feel this play is relevant and our goal in telling such a vital story within our typical Bard & Bourbon style is to use the booze to put a magnifying glass on the moments of hate. We hope in doing so our audience feels welcomed into a tough and important conversation.
Tickets are $18 each. We do offer a student/senior/artist/military discount ticket for $15. Tickets are on sale now at:
Wed Aug 28th @ 7:30PM – PWYC Preview Night
Thu Aug 29 @ 7:30PM
Fri Aug 30 @ 7:30PM
Sat Aug 31 @ 7:30PM
Sun Sep 1 @ 5:00PM
Shylock – Izaiah Ramirez*
Antonio – Thomas Sebald*
Bassanio – Cole Conrad*
Gratiano – JJ Gatesman*
Lorenzo – Rick Bingen
Salerio – Hannah Kubiak*
Portia – Rebekah Farr
Nerissa – Rachel Verhoef*
Jessica – Brittany Haut*
Launcelot – Ro Spice-Kopischke
*Denotes Bard & Bourbon main stage debut
Director – Maya Danks
Stage Manager – Wyatt Meyer